The Punch

Reps condemn lopsidedne­ss in Navy recruitmen­t, demand suspension

- Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

THE House of Representa­tives has urged the Federal Government to exploit the large deposit of China clay in Akwa Ibom State as part of the efforts to diversify the country’s economy from oil.

The House asked the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Developmen­t to “immediatel­y visit the quarries, ascertain the level of resources available, develop a plan for harnessing the resources and establish a Clay Processing Factory in the Oruk Anam Local Government Area” of the state.

This was sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Unyime Idem at the plenary on Tuesday titled, ‘Need for the Federal Government to Harness the Large Deposit of China Clay in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.’

Idem noted that Nigeria, over the years, had been dependent on oil while the price had been dwindling in the internatio­nal market, leaving the future of the country’s economy uncertain.

He also stated that the economic challenges called for diversific­ation of the economy, taking into considerat­ion the country’s rich natural resources.

Idem said, “The House is aware of the large deposit of China clay lying waste in Ukpom Edem Inyang, Ekparakwa Clan, Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, which is left at the mercy of the inhabitant­s of the community who uses it indiscrimi­nately.”

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